Seven’s super ratings
MORE than half a million people watched Seven’s TV broadcast of the first round of the V8 Supercar Series in Abu Dhabi. V8 Supercars Australia says the ratings were up 32 to 37 per cent. A combined average of 557,000 Australians watched the Saturday race, while 663,000 watched the Sunday race.
NEW manufacturers could be attracted to the Australian Rally Championship. This follows automotive components maker Bosch signing on as the first naming rights sponsor since 2007, rule changes that reduce restrictions and greater TV coverage. ‘‘Honda and Hyundai are already involved, while other manufacturers are talking to us about their involvement,’’ ASC boss Scott Pedder says.
Crocker gets on side
FOUR-time Asia-Pacific Rally champion and three-time Australian Rally champion Cody Crocker will compete in several rounds of the Australian SXS Racing series. He will pilot a Polaris side-by-side buggy in the first round in April at Pinaroo in South Australia.
Privateer proves his pace
CHAD Reed has won his first race as a privateer with Two Two Motorsports. The multiple World Supercross Champion dominated the seventh round of the American and world Supercross series in San Diego. Reed moves up from fifth to third in the standings with 10 rounds to go.
Rapisarda v Americans
SYDNEY Top Fuel drag-race team, Rapisarda Racing, will again take on the Americans on home soil this year. Terry Sainty will replace Mark Mariana as the team’s driver in the National Hot Rod Association Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.